Broad bean & Lancashire cheese tart

Broad bean & Lancashire cheese tart

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Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 50 mins Plus chilling

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Serves 4

A beautifully British tart to make a picnic special

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat44g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.9g


    For the pastry

    • (Or use 300g/10oz bought shortcrust pastry )
    • 200g plain flour, sifted
    • 100g chilled unsalted butter, diced



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 medium egg, beaten



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    For the filling

    • 300g shelled fresh broad bean (about 900g/2lb in their pods)
      Broad beans

      Broad bean

      braw-d be-en

      A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable – they grow in…

    • 100g honey roast ham, diced
    • 175g farmhouse Lancashire cheese
    • 4 medium eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 200ml tub crème fraîche
    • 100ml milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

    • green salad, to serve


    1. Make the pastry. Tip the flour, butter and salt into a food processor and process briefly, add the egg and process until it forms small clumps. Remove and form into a ball, then wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes. Roll out to fit a 4cm deep, 23cm round loose-bottomed flan tin. Prick the base and chill for 30 minutes.

    2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Cook the broad beans in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes until just tender, drain and refresh in cold water. Pat dry.

    3. Bake the pastry case blind for 15 minutes. Remove from the foil and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Reduce the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan170C.

    4. Scatter the beans and ham in the pastry case and crumble the cheese on top. Whisk together the eggs, crème fraîche and milk and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the beans and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and puffed. Serve warm, with salad.

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    katycooks's picture
    16th Jun, 2018
    Hm, a bit of a disappointment. Lacked flavour generally, though it looked pretty good coming out of the oven. I couldnt "crumble" my Lancashire cheese didn't have a crumbly texture, so I finely diced it instead. Personally though, I would have thought a stronger flavoured cheese would have worked better in this recipe. My brother enjoyed it and said the flavour developed more as it cooled down (he went back for seconds later on). Interesting that it says to serve it warm when it is suggested as a picnic food - you couldn't go very far if you wanted to eat it warm!
    6th Aug, 2015
    I really like this recipe. As we grow lots of broad beans I've made it a few times but I have adapted it. I use my own pastry recipe and don't include ham, as I am vegetarian. The combination of the Lancashire cheese and the beans is very tasty. I am looking forward to making it today again for the evening meal. I will be serving it with freshly dug potatoes, which I will just boil, and some sort of salad. Yummy!
    27th Aug, 2013
    I also struggled with this pastry, whereas my usual pastry recipe doesn't crumble. I was worried that this tart might be a little bland, but I very much enjoyed the subtle flavour. I poded the skins off the beans and that's took me an hour. I dont think the ham added anything to the recipe, so id probably leave it out next time. if you use your own pastry recipe, it's a really nice lunch or dinner option.
    27th Dec, 2011
    pastry recipe wasnt good, it crumbled when i tried to roll it out, perhaps i did something wrong?? made my own twist on filling used cooked shredded chicken, added a bit of brocoli and didnt use creme fraiche just milk.
    3rd Sep, 2008
    Honey roast ham?vegetarian?
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